Adrian Sutil has admitted that the Sahara Force India team will always be important to him, despite having left to join Sauber for 2014.

The German was confirmed at Hinwil late last week, having spent the previous six years of his F1 career with Force India and predecessors Midland and Spyker, and concedes that, while a change of scene was necessary, the Silverstone-based squad will never be far from his thoughts.

"I have had a good and successful time with Force India," he told the official F1 website, "They gave me the chance to come back - and this fact will always have a special place in my heart!

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"For sure, I will miss some of the guys there that have turned into friends over the years, but now I'm excited to be with my new team. Let's see if it is true that new brooms sweep clean!"

Force India will probably not be far from Sutil on the grid either, with Sauber having forged a keen rivalry with its opponent over the past few years. However, with F1 in a state of flux ahead of the dramatic regulation changes set to come into force in 2014, the German admits that there is little point trying to compare fortunes for the year ahead.

"To be honest, all I know is that Sauber have already passed the [mandatory FIA] crash test," he admitted, "I haven't seen more yet and don't know anything about the 2014 Force India car."

Living in Switzerland will make visiting the Sauber factory and keeping on top of developments relatively easy for Sutil, but the veteran - who took a year out of F1 in 2012 before returning with Force India this season - admits that he is looking forward to the winter break.

"The real luxury is that the factory is just an hour's drive from my home, so I will be there quite often," he confirmed, "For sure, I will spend many days to get to know everybody and inhale their procedures, [but now] I will relax and recharge my batteries, have a nice and peaceful Christmas and then I will start to prepare for next season."